- Discussion on the potential health benefits
of wearing nitrile gloves on the job.
- Alright we’ve got the wheels off and I
just wanted to show you that this grime on my hands is just road dust from
the tires so it’s not really a big deal .
wanted to point out that in my grandfathers’ day it was normal for men to
just roll up their sleeves and be black up to the elbows and not really give
much concern to the grease and the grime that they were getting on their
hands. And just some guys wouldn’t even wash properly when they had their
lunch and they’d get it on their sandwiches and wonder why they got
stomach aches later.
- Fact is we now know that it’s
carcinogenic, that brake dust has asbestos in it and is carcinogenic and
also any burnt hydrocarbons are carcinogenic and you’ll find that in used
motor oils… exhaust.
- Anyways, so nowadays we use nitrile gloves.
They provide a barrier between you and all those horrible carcinogenics and
mutogenics that you deal with everyday.
- OK now I know what you’re thinking,
alright. They’re uncomfortable, they cut down on your manual dexterity for
sure. They make you less sensitive.
- When it’s warm out they make your hands
sweat and the sweat pools up inside – they fill with sweat and when you
reach over your head the sweat runs down your arm or worse into your face or
something. Yeah, they’re kind of [Laughs] they’re a drag to wear for
sure. Trust me, I know.
- But at the end of the day when you see all
the stuff that you didn’t come in contact with, that isn’t on your
hands, that isn’t being absorbed into your blood system through the skin
on your hands - yeah, look at the difference – then you start to think
that well, maybe it’s worth it.
- On the bright side you know you can wear
them under a suede palm glove out in the cold and even when the suede palm
glove gets soaking wet your hand will still be nice and dry inside.
- You know, I’ve honestly gotten up to three
and four days out of a pair of gloves and I’ve gotten only three or four
minutes out of a pair of gloves by the same brand out of the same box. So
you just don’t know what you’re going to get but if you want to reuse
them, you know if you’re just going on a short break or something and you
want to reuse them you can turn them back right side ways , blow them out
like that and they’re ready to slip back on for reuse. So you can get
extra life out of a pair and really get your money’s worth and you know do
the environment a favour too by not just throwing them away needlessly.
- At the end of the day it’s really
impressive to see how much stuff – and this is of course just from a few
minutes of fiddling around under the hood – how much horrible, nasty stuff
you’ve avoided coming in contact with and avoided absorbing through your
skin and through the tender skin in around your fingernails.
generally get them for anywhere between say twelve and eighteen dollars
Canadian. So you buy them in a box of a hundred, that’s fifty pairs. I pay
about you know, twelve, thirteen dollars so call it twelve fifty times fifty
pairs that’s twenty five cents a pair. Now, you invest all kinds of money
into going to work. You’re buying tools. You have to pay for gas to get to
work or the bus perhaps. You’ve got to buy your lunch of bring one along.
You have to buy appropriate foot-wear, you have to invest in training, in
books and tools. So there are all these investments you’ve got to make in
going to work anyway. It’s not much money.
- If you’ll buy gloves to keep your hands
warm at work why not buy gloves to keep your hands clean at work? Think
about how beneficial this could be to your health down the road through
prevention of problems like skin cancer
by avoiding absorbing all these carcinogens into your skin through
your cuticles, under your nails. This is a very, very small investment in
something that can have a profound effect on your health down the road
- Well, son of a gun. I thought it came in a
box of a hundred but here it says in the corner “box of ninety”. So
they’re a little bit more expensive, say they’re thirty cents for a pair.
But it’s still a good bargain.
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